Suite of Appalachian Folk Songs

From Wind Repertory Project
Robert W. Smith

Robert W. Smith

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


  • Full Score
  • C Piccolo
  • Flute I-II
  • Oboe I-II
  • Bassoon I-II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
  • Horn in F I-II-III-IV
  • Trombone I-II
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Timpani
  • Percussion I-II-III, including:
*Bass Drum
*Crash Cymbals
*Snare Drum
*Suspended Cymbal
*Tenor Drum
*Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This collection of folk songs was inspired by the musicologist Cecil Sharpe and his journeys through the Appalachian Mountain range in the early 1900s. Mr. Sharpe collected traditional British folk songs that had been passed down from generation to generation in this culturally rich area of the United States. Short, tight movements, each with their own unique musical identity, lead to an exciting reel as the conclusion.

- Program Note from publisher

Suite of Appalachian Folk Songs by Robert W. Smith is based upon music from the Appalachia region of the eastern United States. The indigenous music of this mountainous region is derived from various European and African influences. These include English ballads, Irish and Scottish traditional music, hymns, and Africa-American blues.

Six selections are presented in this suite and are drawn from Cecil Sharp's and Maud Karpeles collection of folk songs entitled English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians. Songs include Good Morning My Pretty Little Miss, What's Little Babies Made Of?, The Cruel Mother, The Maid Freed from the Gallows, Cripple Creek, and Sally Anne.

Robert W. Smith felt it only fitting that an ensemble location within the mountains of Appalachia premiere this work. The West Virginia University Wind Symphony is honored to be that ensemble!

- Program Note by John Hendricks


State Ratings

  • Indiana: High School Band Group II


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